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Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  • Great corporate culture and values; good work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Great products and great people (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Best place I've ever worked!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Blue Coat has been going through a lot of changes over the last several years. While some of them haven't been great, the company remains an amazing place to work.
    Blue Coat's leadership fosters a great environment for furthering yourself, your abilities and skills, and your career.
    We are growing very quickly, and while that can be challenging to keep up with, I see this as an overall pro...

    Cons

    You have to reach out to get what you want. Nothing comes on a silver platter, so you do need to be proactive about getting the training and other needs for your career.
    Things are changing very quickly at Blue Coat, right now. These changes aren't always smooth, but management is doing a good job at minimizing the impact on employees. If you're proactive about maintaining your skills, training, and career, this won't be a con, but if you're the kind of person who just sits around, waiting for someone to tell you what to do, you won't thrive in this environment.

    Advice to Management

    Blue Coat's values are amazing and everyone who works for the company needs to be customer focused to be successful. Keep up the great work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mismanaged and technically behind the times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, mellow work environment

    Cons

    Lacking solid technical leadership but don't know it

    Advice to Management

    go home


  3. "Great people and very good work/life balance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good and solid company with lots of fortune 500 customers. Flexible work hours and fair compensation. Free lunches twice a week.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the ranks without a senior manager as mentor. Information distribution needs lot of improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible to your employees


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "when it comes to values, actions speak louder than words"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    new addition to the break room, infused water

    Cons

    trust & respect are anything but part of Blue Coat values. I am aware of at least three instances where they did not even honor the terms of the job offer. No matter how strong the case against the manager is, HR always sides with the manager.

    Advice to Management

    try to cut on office politics


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Had No Life At This Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order Services in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Order Services in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They feed you very well when days are very busy, so you can work through your lunch. This company offers great benefits.

    Cons

    No room for growth with this company. Very high layoff rate. Very cutthroat. They expect you to work 14 hours days. Had to wait 6 months before receiving overtime pay.

    Advice to Management

    Too aggressive. No empathy for there employess. Very dishonest.


  7. "Leading technology, lots of opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Technology: Cyber security is hot right now, Gartner rates them in the Magic Quadrant
    Benefits: Matching 401K, competitive salaries, company doing well so bonuses are excellent
    Other: Free snacks, drinks, bagels on Friday, lots of social activities with food served, however no in house cafeteria but lunches are subsidized.
    Culture : Hard working people, flexible working environment with lots of autonomy (but it depends on area you work in). Work life balance flexibility, feels like a small start company but with reasonable processes and systems in place.

    Cons

    -Owned by private equity company, no equity offered, starting to lose people to other companies who are. Management needs to do something.
    -Rumer's of being a potential acquisition target is causing some uncertainty with employees especially those who want to stay in a small company.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the no equity position especially if company is sold, unlikely the good people who do the work will still around if there are no retention incentives. Your people are being aggressively recruited (especially in the valley) do something about it.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "stay away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You'll get a paycheck.
    Many people, below the executive level, are very friendly.

    Cons

    Management is all over the place in mindset and they appear to take things personally.
    It's a business, not a place for your friends and cronies.
    Benefits are mediocre.
    Some corporate administration functions are amaturish.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fire engineers or other employees because you made poor business decisions.


  9. "Fun and exciting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Star Skilled Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Star Skilled Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The friendly people and location

    Cons

    Not everyone receives the credit due to them

    Advice to Management

    promote within the company instead of looking for out side prospects


  10. "Positive Leadership - Solid Product Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leadership at top level has great vision and is motivating. Leadership in PM organization enables success and growth

    Cons

    I have no negative comments at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going


  11. "Solid Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid financial backing, decent benefits

    Cons

    Obsessed with security - to the point of paranoia

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up


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